What is a feed ration?
A feed ration is a carefully calculated combination of the different components that constitutes your horse’s diet. All horses are different. Some are high performing athletes, and some are just happy horsies enjoying a hack now and then. Moreover, all horses have different needs when it comes to both the amount of energy and nutrients in their feed. With this said, every horse deserves an individually adapted feed ration.
How do I calculate my horse’s feed ration?
The roughage is the most important part of your horse’s feed ration and should be viewed as the foundation of your horse’s diet. One of the most basic guidelines to keep in mind when calculating your horse’s feed ration is that you should feed your horse a minimum of 1 kg of roughage per 100 kg body weight a day. For younger horses, high performing competition horses and pregnant and lactating mares is 1,5-2kg of roughage per 100 kg body weight a day a recommended guideline.
How do I calculate the quota composing feed ration?
Understanding how high the protein levels in your roughage are is an essential part in calculating your horse’s feed ration. Calculate the quota by dividing the amount of digestible crude protein with the amount of metabolizable energy. By doing this, you will find out if the protein level in your roughage is low, average or high.